Symphony Concert 28 – CANCELLED

Munich Philharmonic | Valery Gergiev | Janine Jansen

Sibelius | Berlioz

Fri, 11.09. | 19.30 | No. 20357

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 28 – CANCELLED

    Munich Philharmonic | Valery Gergiev | Janine Jansen

    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
    Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
    Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

    For young Jean Sibelius, nothing was more beautiful than going out into nature with his violin and playing for the birds, the wind, and the waves. The light of the North radiates directly from his Violin Concerto. The continually repeated rhythms of the finale evoke ancient shamanic rituals and have a trance-like effect. The Dutch violinist Janine Jansen loves the Scandinavian tone of the work. “Technically, it is enormously challenging, but it doesn’t give off a feeling of empty virtuosity,” she says. Especially when she is the one playing it, for Jansen isn’t just one of the best in her profession but also has an unfeigned style that makes her interpretation particularly touching. Her partners are the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, who will also perform Berlioz’s wild Symphonie fantastique on the second half of the program, ensuring pure sonic pleasure: a score that bursts with life, ranging from the waltz and a pastoral scene to a witches’ Sabbath, all of it a shear delight to hear.

    Munich Philharmonic

    Founded in 1893, the Munich Philharmonic attained international renown under the leadership of its music director Felix Weingartner (1889–1905). Gustav Mahler conducted the orchestra in the world premieres of his Fourth and Eighth Symphonies, and, shortly after Mahler’s death, Bruno Walter led them in the first performance of Das Lied von der Erde. The Bruckner student Ferdinand Löwe, who held the leadership position from 1908 to 1914, established the Philharmonic’s great Bruckner tradition. Siegmund von Hausegger and Oswald Kabasta guided the ensemble until the end of the Second World War. In 1945 Hans Rosbaud launched a tenure that was marked by his passion for modern music. His successors were Fritz Rieger (1949–66) and Rudolf Kempe (1967–76), and in 1979 began the 17-year Sergiu Celibidache era. He strengthened the Munich Philharmonic’s international reputation through numerous tours abroad. From 1999 to 2004, James Levine helmed the orchestra; appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the BBC Proms in London became highlights of his tenure. Under Christian Thielemann, who was General Music Director from 2004 to 2011, the orchestra traveled to such countries as Japan, Korea, and China. Lorin Maazel was Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic from 2012 to 2014. Since 2015 Valery Gergiev has held the leadership position, putting an emphasis on symphonic cycles by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff; in Munich he also leads the MPHIL 360° Festival. Since 2016 the orchestra has released recordings on its own in-house label, “MPHIL,” and is currently involved in a complete edition of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. In addition to Gergiev, Zubin Mehta has a prominent position as Honorary Conductor.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 23 March 2002, with Christian Thielemann conducting works by Debussy, Chausson, and Ravel.

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    Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev, who was born in 1953 in Moscow and grew up in the Caucasus, studied at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music with Ilya Musin and launched his career in 1977 with his victory at the Karajan Competition in Berlin. In the following year, he began his collaboration with the Kirov Opera (now known as the Mariinsky Theater), where he made his debut with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Gergiev was named Artistic Director in 1988 and General Director in 1996; this position is associated with his lead-ership of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons Festivals as well. He has toured with the Mariinsky Ensemble to Japan, China, Israel, and the United States, as well as to many of the European music centers. In 2006 he inaugurated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg constructed specifically for the Mariinsky Orchestra. This was followed in 2013 by the opening of a second, new opera house. In 1994 Valery Gergiev made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he served as First Guest Conductor from 1997 to 2008. From 1995 to 2007 he also helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 2007 to 2015 he was the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since the fall of 2015, Gergiev has been Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. He has also guest conducted the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2019 with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Gergiev serves as Chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Com-petition and directs the Moscow Easter Festival. His native country has honored him with the Shostakovich Award and the People’s Artist of Russia Award; in 2006 he received the Polar Music Prize and the Karajan Music Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kancheli and Beethoven.

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    Janine Jansen

    The violinist Janine Jansen, who was born in 1978 in Soest in the Dutch province of Utrecht, comes from a family of musicians. She began her violin training with Coosje Wijzenbeek at the age of six, later studying with Philippe Hirschhorn and Boris Belkin. It was in 2003, as a BBC New Generation Artist, that Jansen made her debut at the BBC Proms. She has since appeared there regularly, including at the legendary Last Night of the Proms concert in 2014, which was broadcast all over the world on television. She has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In the 2018-19 season, Jansen is artist-in-residence with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She toured to Japan and South Korea with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle in September 2018; played the Sibelius Concerto with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and Valery Gergiev in December; and performed Mozart’s A major Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Ádám Fischer at the Salzburg Mozart Week in January. Jansen is also a devoted chamber musician. During the current season, she is touring with pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, presenting works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and César Franck. Jansen’s discography includes music spanning three centuries, from Antonio Vivaldi to Benjamin Britten. Her recordings have garnered the Edison Klassiek four times, and she has also received the Concertgebouw Prize, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, and the Bremen Music Festival Prize, as well as the Johannes Vermeer Prijs in 2018. Janine Jansen plays the “Rivaz – Baron Gutmann” Stradivari, which is on loan from Dextra Musica.

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